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    Anderson '06 treated for spinal injuries sustained on OA

    Anderson '06 treated for spinal injuries sustained on OA

    Neir Eshel
    Princetonian Senior Writer

    A senior Outdoor Action leader was airlifted to a spinal cord injury center in Philadelphia on Sunday after sustaining injuries on the last day of his trip.

    Steven Anderson '06 is "alert, stable and receiving all necessary and appropriate medical treatment," University Chief Medical Officer Daniel Silverman said.

    Anderson was hospitalized Friday morning after fellow students on the OA trip notified authorities of a water-related accident. He was "fully conscious and receiving care when taken to the hospital," Dean of Undergradute Students Kathleen Deignan said Friday in an email to the student body.

    The University has not released more details out of respect for Anderson and his family, who traveled immediately to his bedside.

    Trip participants returned to campus Friday and met with Silverman, OA coordinator Rick Curtis and the deans of Rockefeller and Mathey colleges, who offered counseling.

    "Our concern is that students feel supported," University spokesperson Cass Cliatt '96 said. "If students need assistance, they should not hesitate to contact deans or counselors. The University wants to be there for its student body."

    The trip included 10 freshmen and three student leaders, who went through 80 hours of training.

    No specifics about the accident have been released, but Cliatt called rumors of the injured student diving into a lake inaccurate and said he "did nothing wrong."

    "It was because he had trained participants so well that they could respond so quickly, and that we could get help so quickly," Cliatt added.

    More than 500 students participate annually in OA, a pre-orientation wilderness program for freshmen founded 32 years ago.


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    Princeton University will retain its popular orientation program for freshmen.

    Princeton University will retain its popular orientation program for freshmen.

    Is Outdoor Action, a popular wilderness-orientation program Princeton University offers to incoming freshmen, at risk after a trip leader suffered a serious spinal cord injury during a camping trip last week? According to Princeton spokeswoman Cass Cliatt, it is not.
    Outdoor Action Director Richard Curtis was unavailable to comment this week on what impact, if any, the accident might have on the future of the program. But Ms. Cliatt said, "Princeton's Outdoor Action program has an amazing safety record, especially considering that up to 600 students per year go through the program."
    Ms. Cliatt said Outdoor Action leaders receive 80 hours of training that includes first aid, CPR, wilderness training and training in group dynamics.
    "It is this training in group dynamics in particular that we believe served the student well in the case of this accident," she continued. "It was because this student did such a good job training the freshmen participants how to work well together and how to react quickly to an emergency that the medical response was so immediate."
    The accident occurred Sept. 9, the last day of a weeklong wilderness outing in Pennsylvania. The injured student, a Princeton senior and Outdoor Action trip leader, was transported from the scene of the accident by medical personnel to a hospital for immediate treatment that day, then flown by helicopter Saturday to a spinal-cord trauma center in Philadelphia, Ms. Cliatt said this week.
    The senior was one of three student leaders who were guiding a group of 10 Princeton freshmen on the Outdoor Action trip, she said.
    In an e-mail to members of the student body sent Sept. 9 following the accident, Kathleen Deignan, Princeton's dean of undergraduate students, wrote that the senior "was fully conscious and receiving care when taken to the hospital."
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